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Plans for a new housing development in Lichfield have been submitted. The Miller Homes development in Streethay would feature 700 homes, a primary school, care home and shops if it gets the go-ahead. Villagers raised concerns about the new development on land to the north of Burton Road when it was first suggested last year. Speaking at the time, Roger Manning, chairman of the Streethay Against Development campaign group, said: ““A less than subtle approach is developing, which, through discreet planning, will drive contentious development towards Trent Valley and Streethay. “The development of Lichfield Park in Burton Old Road, and industry and retail outlets in Eastern Avenue, is a clear indication that we are the soft option for dumping what the city does not want.” Although the number of homes included in the new proposal is 150 less than originally suggested, campaigners will still be fighting to prevent their village from tripling in size if the scheme gets the green light.. Among the retail units suggested are a convenience store, hot food takeaway and pub. The consultation last year has also led to proposals for the new development to feature a car park to serve Lichfield Trent Valley railway station. Issues were also raised about the impact on traffic along Burton Road. However, Miller Homes said in a supporting statement to Lichfield District Council: “The site can be delivered without having an unacceptable adverse impact on the existing highway and infrastructure.” People can have their say on the proposals via the council’s planning website.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.